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Success! Sokleap from Cambodia raised $464 to fund myringoplasty ear surgery.

Sokleap
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Sokleap's treatment was fully funded on April 4, 2020.

Photo of Sokleap post-operation

March 11, 2020

Sokleap underwent myringoplasty ear surgery.

Sokleap had a successful operation, and he is now recovering at home and will return in six weeks for a follow-up. During that time, he is not allowed to swim, and he is required to keep his ear dry and use ear drops daily to prevent infection. Surgery relieved Sokleap of symptoms related to his chronic ear infection, eliminating ear discharge and discomfort. Sokleap’s surgery was important so that he does not risk further hearing loss and ear damage from his condition. His mother is very glad that Sokleap’s surgery went well and that he is feeling much better.

“I am so happy to be feeling better and that my ear is now healing,” he said.

Sokleap had a successful operation, and he is now recovering at home and will return in six weeks for a follow-up. During that time, he is n...

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February 3, 2020

Sokleap is a fourth-grade student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of four siblings, and enjoys playing soccer with his friends after his studies. His favorite subject is math, and he hopes to become a doctor when he grows up.

In 2017, Sokleap had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sokleap experiences hearing loss, discharge, and tinnitus. He cannot hear others clearly and has a difficult time focusing in class.

Sokleap traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On February 4th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.

“I hope that my son’s ear will finally feel better and I won’t have to worry about it anymore.” -Sokleap’s Mother

Sokleap is a fourth-grade student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of four siblings, and enjoys playing soccer with his friends after his s...

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Sokleap's Timeline

  • February 3, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sokleap was submitted by Lindsay Bownik, Stakeholder Relations Officer at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • February 4, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sokleap received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • February 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sokleap's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sokleap's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 4, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sokleap's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Myringoplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $464 for Sokleap's treatment
Hospital Fees
$78
Medical Staff
$385
Medication
$1
Supplies
$0
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A myringoplasty is the closure of the perforation of the tympanic membrane in the ear. This surgery is performed when a patient has a perforated eardrum, certain types of hearing loss, and chronic otitis media (middle ear infection). A bilateral myringoplasty will be performed when a patient has otitis media on both sides. Patients experience difficulty hearing and communicating, in addition to chronic infection and daily ear discharge.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

The patient has difficulty hearing and experiences daily pain and ear discharge. These symptoms make it difficult to attend school or work regularly.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many people in Cambodia are unaware that medical help is available for ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions. In rural villages, if a young child has trouble hearing, it may be assumed that he or she is deaf. For this reason, that child may not attend school.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A myringoplasty is the closure of the perforation of the tympanic membrane. The temporalis fascia is grafted. An incision is made along the edge of the perforation, and a ring of epithelium is removed. A strip of mucosal layer is removed from the inner side of the perforation. The middle ear is packed with gelfoam soaked with an antibiotic. The edges of the graft should extend under the margins of the perforation, and a small part should extend over the posterior canal wall. The tympanomeatal flap is then replaced.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This surgery will repair the perforated tympanic membrane, treat the infection, and stop the ear discharge. This operation has a high success rate of hearing improvement.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This surgery is highly effective with few risks.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for chronic ear infections is not widely available in Cambodia. There are only a handful of doctors in the country that will perform a myringoplasty, but their services are expensive. Children's Surgical Centre is the only affordable treatment option for patients coming in with chronic otitis media on one or both sides.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative to surgery is antibiotic ear drops, but they have a far lower success rate. Many people neglect their pain and discharge for years, until total loss of hearing becomes a reality.

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Sonita

Sonita is from the Koh Kong province and lives with her parents and younger brother. Her parents are rainy-day rice farmers, and her brother is in grade one. She is in grade four and excels in Khmer literature and math. She shared that she would like to be a lawyer some day. When not studying, Sonita likes writing stories, reading books, doing homework, watching TV, and going to the market with her mother. At home, she eats a soft meal and drinks juice due to her inability to open her mouth. Sonita was born with temporal mandibular joint ankylosis. This is a bony or fibrous adhesion of the mandible joint components. Trauma is the most frequent cause, followed by infection, but Sonita's parents do not know how she developed it. She is unable to open her mouth, causing difficulties with chewing, speaking, and oral hygiene as well as limiting the growth of her mandible (micrognathia). She is shy, and shared that she is often embarrassed that she cannot speak well enough to be heard. Her parents took her to a local hospital when she was three, but did not receive any treatment. A villager suggested her parents should visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for a diagnosis and treatment. Doctors have determined that she needs a bilateral condylectomy with the addition of a bone graft from her femur. Now, her family needs help to pay for the $469 procedure. Your donation will cover Sonita's surgery, medicines, and hospital stay. Sonita's mother said: "We are hopeful that the doctors can fix my daughter's jaw so she can open her mouth. We worry that she will not grow well because she cannot eat well."

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